If you haven’t heard of hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”), where have you been? Hygge is allegedly responsible for why Danish people are reportedly the happiest in the world. Roughly translated to mean “cosiness”, Visit Demark refers to the phenomenon as “creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around you”. Here’s our guide to bringing a little hygge into your life this winter.
Invest in some candles
Everything looks better by candlelight and Denmark apparently burns more candles per head than any other country in Europe. They make for the perfect hygge environment to chill out and wind down during the dark winter nights.
It’s all about lighting
Linked closely to point number one, the right lighting is important when it comes to creating a cosy atmosphere. A lot of lamps dotted around will result in soothing pools of light by which you can spend the evening reading or just catching up with family and friends.
Invest in a selection of throws and cushions
Is there anything cosier than enjoying a glass of wine or a mug of hot tea while snuggled beneath a cosy blanket? Who said dens are just for kids? Why not make yourself a cosy little corner, stacked with cushions and comfy throws. If you have an open fire, then all the better, get yourself positioned in front of it with your favourite book for true hygge perfection!
Cosy up your bathroom
Hygge is about living in the moment, so why not make your bathroom into an ultimate sanctuary by introducing candles. Remember to air out the room afterwards as candles produce soot which isn’t very good for you.
Throw a Danish dinner party
Surround yourself with your family, friends and good conversation. Go for a rustic menu for true hygge and keep the lighting low for a relaxed atmosphere. You could even try your hand at a few Danish recipes for additional authenticity.
Live in the moment
It’s very easy to overlook all the good things in your daily life and let stress get the better of you. Take a look around your home and soak up all of the little things you like about it.
There’s no need for an overhaul
Remember, hygge is about simplicity so don’t think you need to completely redesign your house. Make simple changes to feel more peaceful in your living space. Hygge isn’t about extravagance either, its about creating a warm and inviting environment.
Turn off your technology
It’s hard to truly relax when you have a phone or tablet in your hand. Why not try turning off your technology in the home to see if it makes you feel happier. It will allow you to be entirely present and in the moment with your loved ones or just your thoughts. That goes for Netflix too! Have a night off from the TV and instead, pick up a good book.
What do you think of hygge? Share any tips you have below.
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